Gary Farina, Executive Director
Born in Vineland, New Jersey, Gary Farina joined the Marine Corps after graduation and spent 8 years serving in the Marines. He was called into the ministry in 2004 and attended seminary before being called to serve as the full-time minister of Discipleship and Singles at Millbrook Baptist Church in 2012. In 2013, after being asked to visit someone who was incarcerated for drugs, Gary began pursuing a calling on his life to help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
After years of sharing the love of Christ with these men and women, God gave Gary the vision for the development of Recovery Road Ministries, for which he now serves as the executive director. Gary and his wife, Chris, have been married for 34 years, and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Nick Gallam, President
Captain Nick Gallam is the Jail Administrator for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division, where he has been employed for 15 years. He dedicated eleven years of service to his country as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corp Reserve, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Additionally, Nick obtained an Associate’s Degree for Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Aiken Technical College.
Nick has two beautiful children, Madelyn (13) and Mason (3), and will be serving as President of Recovery Road Ministries.
Sandy Gunter, Treasurer
Sandy Gunter was born in Columbia, SC. She attended Midlands Technical College where she earned her degree in business, specializing in accounting and taxation. Sandy moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 1992, where she now owns and operates a tax and accounting firm.
She has four children and eleven grandchildren, and attends Millbrook Baptist Church where she serves on the Singles Ministry Team. Sandy will be serving as Treasurer for Recovery Road Ministries.
Ashley Finch, Secretary
Ashley Finch is the Agent in Charge for Aiken County’s Probation Office, and has been
employed with the department for 11 years. Born and raised in South Carolina, Ashley graduated from Coker College with a BA in Technical Theatre.
He is married to wife, Tracy, and they are loving parents to Ansley (8), who loves to dance. Ashley spends his time off working in his shop, taking photos, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. He will be serving as Secretary for Recovery Road Ministries.
While born Pearisburg, VA, Beth Spangler spent most of her life in Aiken, South Carolina. Obtaining a degree in Radiologic Technology from Aiken Technical College, Beth graduated Valedictorian of her class in 2007 and spent the next seven years working as an ARRT Certified Radiographer. While Beth cherished her career as a medical professional, she felt God calling her to pursue a full-time career in the music industry. Following her national debut on Season 7 of NBC’s hit television show, “The Voice”, Beth released her debut album, “Audio Selfie”. She has spent the last two years writing and recording with Grammy award-winning writers and producers, touring with her band, modeling for brands such as Belk, Mink, Premier Jewelry, Key Faces, The Art of Dentistry and Lip Sense, and speaking at various churches and organizations across the country. Beth is a spokesperson for Hawk Law Group’s “Send Could Be the End” campaign, one dedicated to educating high school students about the dangers of cellphone use while driving. She has also partnered with International Health Partners and is assisting in the design and development of the radiology department for the Children’s Hospital at Zinga in Tanzania, Africa, the country’s first stand-alone children’s hospital.
Beth has been married to her husband, Rob, for four years and enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her family and dogs, Riley and Charlee Anne, during her time off.
A graduate from Kent State University, Jim Childress served in the United States Army for two years.
Jim worked for International Paper in New York City, NY and Mead Corp. in Chicago, Illinois before retiring in 1998. He now serves as Deacon at Millbrook Baptist Church and volunteers for Greater Aiken Score and Christ Central. Jim also spends much of his free time providing mentorship to local individuals. Jim has been married for 52 years, and has two children and one granddaughter.
Rev. Kerry W. Breen, Clinical Director
Kerry W. Breen was born in Cleveland Ohio. After becoming addicted to drugs as a teen and developing a troubled high school history, Kerry joined the USMC in 1976, hoping for a new start. After graduating from boot camp, Kerry married Kim, his high school sweetheart, and spent the next four years serving in the 8th Marines at Camp Legeune, NC. In January 1977, Kerry dedicated his life to Christ. In 1980, He received an honorable discharge from the Marines, and headed south to attend Southeastern University, where he achieved a BA degree for his studies in pastoral ministry. He was credentialed with the Assemblies of God in 1984 and ordained in 1986. In 1986, Kerry attended Ashland Seminary’s Pastoral Counseling program and has since pastored in Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina.
In 1997, He started an outpatient recovery support program for people struggling with substance abuse, and he worked with DOADAS to run a pilot project at SCDC, directing a faith/medical model drug recovery program in 2005. The result was The Bethel House, a faith based residential recovery support program, founded by Rev. Breen, to support men struggling with substance abuse. In 2011, Rev. Breen and his wife, Kim, established The Oaks, a faith based recovery support program for women.
Rev. Breen is a certified W.R.A.P. facilitator, a peer support specialist with the Dept. of Mental Health, and a certified mediator with Peacemakers. In 2016 Rev. Breen was recognized by the SC District of the Assemblies of God as a District Urban Missionary and was accepted to the USC Graduate Certificate program in Addiction Studies. Kerry and his wife live in Lexington SC where he has been Senior Pastor of Central City Church since 1994. They have 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Cori O’Steen is Mom to three children and wife to Beau. She is the founder and CFO of upaknship.com with locations in Graniteville, SC and Ontario, CA. Cori’s oldest daughter is an addict. Cori quickly learned that her daughter’s sickness is not something she has any control over.
Cori felt the calling to help those suffering as her daughter has, that are ready to heal and truly transform their lives. As the loved ones of the addict, we languish in pain often DESPERATE to see our child, sibling, friend, or parent recover but through our despair we sometimes make ourselves sick with worry and grief.
Through her business and Recovery Road Ministries, Cori advocates to turn helplessness into purpose by offering ways for loved ones to help change lives. Cori encourages getting involved where there is a need such as contributing to expanding the availability of Faith based Recovery, such as ours, nationwide.